Staten Island Chuck
Punxsutawney who? In New York’s five boroughs it’s Staten Island Chuck who predicts whether or not spring will come early. (And boy, do New Yorkers wish it would come early!)
Staten Island Chuck is a groundhog who has been predicting the weather with 80% accuracy since 1981. He resides at the Staten Island zoo, and makes his annual groundhog day appearance at 7:30 a.m. February 2nd. The ceremony is usually officiated by the mayor of New York, but after being bitten by Chuck in 2009, Mayor Bloomberg let Christine Quinn take over his duties. Hopefully Bill de Blasio will have better luck with “Charles G. Hogg.” (Charles G. Hogg is Chuck’s formal name.)
Admission to the groundhog day event at the Staten Island Zoo is free, but if you wish to have breakfast with Chuck afterwards it will cost $10 for adults and $5 for children. Gates open at 6:30 a.m. , an hour before the prediction. For more information visit the official Staten Island Zoo website.